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Masatoshi Masanobu

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Biography

1911
Born in Kochi Prefecture.
1933
Completes a postgraduate course at the Kochi Prefectural School of Education.
1948-49
Meets Yoshihara Jirō at the Kobe Citizens’ Art course and begins studying under him.
1954
Helps form the Gutai Art Association [member until dissolution in ’72].
1995
Dies at the age of 84 on August 22.

Solo Exhibitions

1965
Masanobu Masatoshi Solo Exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka.
1981
2nd Masanobu Masatoshi Solo Exhibition, Higashimon Gallery, Kobe.
1984
3rd Masanobu Masatoshi Solo Exhibition, Gallery Adesso, Ashiya.
1985
Masanobu Masatoshi Exhibition: Focus on Early Gutai Works, Tor Road Gallery, Kobe.
1986
My Non-figurative Paintings: Focus on Old and New Small Works, Tea Room Bonton, Kobe.
1988
6th Masanobu Masatoshi Solo Exhibition, Atelier Nishinomiya.
1994
Masanobu Masatoshi Exhibition, LADS Gallery, Osaka.
2009
Masanobu Masatoshi Exhibition, HAZ, Ashiya.
2010
Masanobu Masatoshi: Focus on the 1960s, Gallery Yamaguchi kunst-bau, Osaka/ Gallery Yamaguchi kunst-bau, Tokyo.
2015
Masanobu Masatoshi: A Gutai Painter, Ōtani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City/ The Museum of Art, Kochi.
2017
Masanobu Masatoshi, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp/ Hong Kong.
2018
Masatoshi Masanobu: In Commemoration of the Publication of MASANOSHI MASANOBU, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka.

Selected Group Exhibitions

1934
RT Association Members’ Western-style Paintings Exhibition, Kochi Newspaper Building Rooftop.
1942
29th Kōfūkai Exhibition, Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum.
1949
23rd Kokugakai Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum/ Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts. [Participates in all Kokugakai Exhibitions until ’58 (Venue varies)]
2nd Ashiya City Art Exhibition, Buddhist Hall, Ashiya. [’50, ’51 Ten’yugō Frame Factory prize, ’52, ‘53 Board of Education prize, ’54 recommended as a formal member, ’55-’58, ‘59 Chairman of the Ashiya City Assembly Prize, ’62-’94, ’96 (Venue varies)]
1950
9th Hyogo Prefecture Artists’ League Invitational Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Kobe. Receives an honorable mention and recommended as an associate member. [’51 recommended as a formal member]
1951
9th Lapin Members’ Exhibition, Bisendō Gallery, Kobe. [10th and 11th Exhibitions held in the same year (venue varies)]
1953
1st Genbi Exhibition, Asahi Hall 5F, Kobe. [’55, ’56 (venue varies)]
1955
7th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
Experimental Outdoor Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Mid-summer Burning Sun, Ashiya Park.
1st Gutai Art Exhibition, Ohara Hall, Tokyo [Participates in all Gutai Exhibitions until ’68 (venue varies)].
1956
Shinkō Independent Exhibition, Shinkō Newspaper Building 3F Hall, Kobe.
Gutai Art Small Works Exhibition, Sanseidō Gallery, Tokyo. [’64-’69, ’71 (venue varies)]
1957
1st Seikatsu Zōkei Exhibition, Daimaru Department Store 6F Hall, Kobe. [2nd Exhibition held in the same year]
1958
International Art of a New Era: Informel and Gutai, Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka/ Nagasaki/ Hiroshima/ Tokyo/ Kyoto.
1959
Arte Nuova, Circolo degli Artisti, Palazzo Graneri, Turin.
Fifteen Japanese Contemporary Artists Recommended by Tapié, Gendai Gallery, Tokyo.
1960
International Sky Festival, Takashimaya Department Store Rooftop, Osaka.
1961
Continuité et Avant-guarde au Japon, International Center of Aesthetic Research, Turin.
Gutai Small Works Exhibition, Nakanoshima Gallery, Osaka.
1962
Grand Opening Exhibition at the Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka.
1963
Gutai Art New Works Exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka. [another exhibition the same year, and twice in ’64]
1964
Gutai Art New Small Works Exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka.
Trends in Contemporary Art: Painting and Sculpture, The Kyoto Annex Museum of The National Museum of Modern Art.
1965
Groupe Gutai, Galerie Stadler, Paris/ Cologne Museum of Art/ Mickery Art House, Loenersloot, Holland.
1966
2e Salon international des galeries pilotes Lausanne, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-arts Palais de Rumine, Lausanne.
1970
Gutai Group presentation at the entrance to the Midorikan Pavilion in Japan Expo ’70, Suita, Osaka.
Last Exhibition at the Original Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka.
1971
Opening Exhibition of the Gutai Mini Pinacotheca, Osaka.
1972
Yoshihara Jirō and His Circle, Fujimi Gallery, Osaka.
1973
15th Anniversary Hyogo Prefecture Artists’ League Invitational Exhibition, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe.
1976
Eighteen Years of Gutai Art, Osaka Prefectural Gallery.
1979
Yoshihara Jirō and Contemporary Aspects of Gutai, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe.
1985
Yoshihara Jirō and Gutai 1954-1972, Ashiya Civic Center.
Action and Emotion, Paintings of the 1950s: Informel, Gutai, and Cobra, The National Museum of Art, Osaka.
Grupo Gutai: Pintura y Acción, Museo Español de Arte Contempoáneo, Madrid/ Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade/ Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe.
1989
The Phantom Yamamura Collection, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe.
1990
Gutai: Unfinished Avant-garde Group, The Shōtō Museum of Art, Tokyo.
Giappone all’avanguardia: Il Gruppo Gutai negli anni cinquanta, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome.
1991
Gutai: Japanische Avantgarde 1954-1965, Mathildaenhöhe Darmstadt.
Adventurers in Painting: Gutai, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka.
1992
Artists of the Gutai Art Association, The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai.
Gutai I, Ashiya City Museum of Art & History [93 II, III ].
Outdoor Exhibition Revisited, Ashiya Park.
1993
Art of Ashiya in the Taishō, Shōwa and Heisei Era, Ashiya City Museum of Art & History.
Grand Opening Exhibition at the Museum of Art, Kochi - Ark of Art, The Museum of Art, Kochi.
1996
Aspects of Post-war Art: From the Yamamura Collection, Chiba City Museum of Art.
1997
Torino, Parigi, New York, Osaka. Tapié. Un Art Autre, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino/ Espace d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Toulouse et midi Pyrénées.
1999
Gutai, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris.
2002
Artists of the Gutai Art Association, The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai.
2004
Gutai: A Retrospective, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe.
Resounding Spirit: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s, The Gibson Gallery, The Art Museum, The State University of New York at Potsdam.
2008
Arte de Japão: do Moderno ao Contemporãneo Coleção Hyogo, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba.
2010
Power of Form: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1950’s and 1960’s from the Collection of the Osaka City Museum of Modern Art, Shinsaibashi Gallery, Osaka City Museum of Modern Art.
2012
Gutai: The Spirit of an Era, The National Art Center, Tokyo.
2013
Experimental Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Mid-Winter Burning Sun: Gutai Historical Survey and Contemporary Response, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute.
2014
Gutai x International; Go Overseas, Ashiya City Museum of Art & History.
3rd Exhibition of Collection Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
2016
A Feverish Era: Art Informel and the Expansion of Japanese Artistic Expression in the 1950s and ‘60s, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
A Feverish Era in Japanese Art: Expressionism in the 1950’s and 1960’s, BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels.
Collections, The Museum of Art, Kochi.
2017
New Acquisitions Exhibition, Ōtani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City.
INTUITION, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice.

Major Public Collections

Ashiya City Museum of Art & History/ Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo/ Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe/ Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art/ Osaka City Museum of Modern Art/ Ōtani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City/ The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai/ The Museum of Art, Kochi/ The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto/ The National Museum of Art, Osaka/
Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation, Wijnegem/ Les Abattoirs, Toulouse/ Musée Cantini, Marseilles/ Rachofsky Collection, Dallas/ The Art Museum, The State University of New York at Potsdam

ACG Exhibition

Masatoshi Masanobu: In Commemoration of the Publication of MASATOSHI MASANOBU

2018 ARTCOURT Gallery
Masatoshi Masanobu: In Commemoration of the Publication of MASATOSHI MASANOBUMasatoshi Masanobu: In Commemoration of the Publication of MASATOSHI MASANOBUMasatoshi Masanobu: In Commemoration of the Publication of MASATOSHI MASANOBU

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